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Cal Poly Symphony to Present ‘Gabrielian Plays Shostakovich’ on Dec. 3

Nov 2, 2021

Tanya GabrielianSAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony returns to performing live for an in-person audience for its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. 
For the concert, titled “Gabrielian Plays Shostakovich,” the symphony welcomes guest soloist Tanya Gabrielian, hailed by the London Times as “a pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle,” to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2. An acclaimed soloist, Gabrielian has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Boston Pops, among others.

Cal Poly Choirs to Present Fifth Annual ‘Holiday Kaleidoscope’ on Dec. 4

Nov 2, 2021

 SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Choirs will be back live and in person with the fifth annual “Holiday Kaleidoscope” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center.
Continuing the tradition of community collaboration, the choirs will be joined by the Cabrillo High School Madrigal Singers, directed by Cal Poly alumna Jennifer Peterson (Music, '95), and the San Luis Obispo High School Chamber Choir directed by Rick Robbins.

Cal Poly’s Mustang Media Group Takes Home 28 National Awards

Oct 28, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Mustang Media Group took home 28 national awards at the 2021 virtual ceremonies of the Associated College Press (ACP) and the College Media Association (CMA).

Despite the challenges of a virtual year, the Cal Poly Journalism Department’s student-run integrated media organization continues to produce innovative and creative stories, powerful campaigns and compelling journalism.

Of the 28 total awards, 16 were individual, including advertising, video, digital, print and broadcast journalism. The organization received three first-place awards, four second-place, two third-place, five fourth-place, one sixth-place, one 10th-place, and three honorable mentions from ACP.  Among these awards, eight of the 16 were in the Best of Show Category.

Cal Poly Names UC San Diego Executive as New Vice President of University Development and Alumni Engagement

Oct 26, 2021

 Zachary Smith will also serve as CEO of Cal Poly Foundation
Zachary SmithSAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly today announced Zachary Smith, executive director of development for the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego, as its new vice president of University Development and Alumni Engagement and CEO of the Cal Poly Foundation.
Smith, who will start at Cal Poly on December 20, 2021, brings extensive higher education, nonprofit management, and fundraising experience to this role. In addition to his time at UC San Diego, he also has previous fundraising and leadership experience at California Western School of Law, Portland State University, as well as the Palomar Health Foundation.

Cal Poly Partners with PPI to Offer Industrialized Construction Certificate Program

Oct 19, 2021

Register Now for Education and Certification in Industrialized Construction

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Construction Management Department and California Center for Construction Education have teamed up with the Project Production Institute, a San Francisco-based policy group, to offer a certification program in modern construction management production concepts.

Cal Poly will host the first class, “Offsite Fabrication Done Right,” Dec. 2-3 at its Construction Innovation Center (Building No. 186). The first course is part of the Industrialized Construction Certificate Program, which is geared toward specialty contractors, general contractors, owners, construction managers, architects, engineers, and materials suppliers.

Cal Poly Fall Jazz Concert Celebrating CD Release Set for Nov. 12

Oct 15, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — After more than a year of virtual music making, Cal Poly’s jazz groups will return to in-person concertizing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center.
The Cal Poly Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble will be joined by the new Commercial Music Ensemble, which performs rock, Motown, funk, modern pop, video game music, and other styles of popular music from a jazz perspective. Arthur White, director of jazz studies, directs the groups.
The concert will celebrate both the return of live concerts and the release of the double album “another time, another place,” which was recorded during the pandemic from students’ homes. 

Cal Poly’s ‘Bandfest Returns!’ In-Person Concert Set for Oct. 30

Oct 6, 2021

Members of Cal Poly's Mustang Marching Band
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 300 Cal Poly students will perform in person at the university’s “Bandfest Returns!” concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The show will feature Cal Poly’s Wind Ensemble, Mustang Marching Band and Wind Orchestra. The Wind Orchestra will be conducted by Nicholas P. Waldron, Cal Poly’s associate director of bands. Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff will conduct the Wind Ensemble. The evening will celebrate the return of sharing the beauty and power of music at Cal Poly. 

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform with Guest Artists on Nov. 6

Oct 6, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Performing Arts Center on campus.

The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble is a combined orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. Its members are from a wide range of majors on campus and professions off campus.

Cal Poly Named California’s Top Public-Masters University in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Rankings

Sep 27, 2021

Sixth-annual list also names the Learn by Doing university among the nation’s Top 50 public colleges and universities

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is the best master’s-level public university in California and is in the top 50 public universities in the nation in the 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. 

The WSJ/THE rankings emphasize student learning and how well a college or university will prepare students for life after graduation. Among the 796 colleges and universities ranked across the nation, Cal Poly placed No. 198 overall — up a dozen spots from last year.

Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University in 2021 Forbes Rankings

Sep 20, 2021

University rises to No. 17 overall in the West in America’s Top Colleges list

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly was again named the best public-master’s university in California and has cracked the list of Top 20 public and private universities in the West in the Forbes’ 2021 list of America’s Top Colleges.

Cal Poly, ranked No. 24 in the rankings among public and private universities in the West in 2019, moved up to No. 17 on the 14th annual America’s Top Colleges list released this month.


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